Like we shared with our recent back to school hacks post, we love using old t-shirts to create something new and exciting! We have a few to share with you this month, starting with this Helvetica Alphabet Tee. This is a popular t-shirt style we’ve seen around, but wanted to test it out for our little guys, here’s how we did it.
1. Using your favorite word processing program, open a new document and type the desired letters. We used Helvetica, with a font size of 350 and printed two separate pages since both letters wouldn’t fit on one page (you might be able to mess with margins and get them on one page, but two works too!
2. Print your sheets out and then using an Exacto knife, cut the letters out of the page (if your desired letters have “islands” or inside cut holes – like A, B, R, O, P etc. – you’ll want to hold onto those island pieces.
3. Remove the black letter piece and place the paper stencil on your shirt. If you have islands, you’ll need to place those back in the desired position. A piece of printer paper will work just fine for one t-shirt, if you’re planning on making more you might need to use something sturdier like card stock or a thin plastic sheet.
4. Secure the stencil in place with heavy cans, or weighted objects. Make sure you center yours better than we did above. 🙂 Using fabric or acrylic paint, paint over the stencil. Islands are tricky in the sense that you need to be able to hold them in place while you’re painting, sometimes an extra set of hands is nice for that part!
5. Paint a few coats , remove the stencil, touching up any edges, and let it dry completely, then enjoy!